Carry Nation
Composer: Douglas Moore
Composer Bio: Douglas Moore is an acclaimed American composer, teacher, and author. Born in Cutchogue, NY he attended the Hotchkiss School before earning two degrees from Yale University where he studied with Horatio Parker. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy before moving to Paris to study composition under Nadia Boulanger, Vincent d’Indy, and Ernest Bloch.

His debut as a composer and conductor came in 1923 when he conducted his Four Museum Pieces with the Cleveland Orchestra. It won him a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship which he used to travel back to Europe to continue study with Boulanger. A few years later he began teaching music at Columbia University where he remained until his retirement in 1962. He was a popular teacher who often included studies of contemporary music. Outside the realm of classical music, Moore also wrote popular songs in collaboration with John Jacob Niles and childhood friend Archibald MacLeish. He wrote two books on music Listening to Music and From Madrigal to Modern Music.

Moore was revered in his Long Island hometown of Cutchogue. He died in the Eastern Long Island Hospital in the neighboring village of Greenport, Long Island in 1969.
Librettist: William North Jayme
Other Artistic Personnel: Lewin Goff, Director
Original Cast: Original Cast: Carry, Beverly Wolff; Charles, John Reardon; Mother, Patricia Brooks; Father, Kenneth Smith
Premiere Date: April 28, 1966
Producing Company: University of Kansas Theatre
Description: The young Carry Nation and her father decide to take in a boarder at their home in Belton, Missouri. They rent the room to Dr. Charles Gloyd, who has just left the army. The Doctor soon falls in love with Carry, but is denounced by her father as a drunkard. Charles convinces Carry that he has changed his ways and has developed a medical practice. Carry agrees to marry him, against the wishes of her father. Unable to give up drinking, Charles' practice suffers and Carry, pregnant, is in need of money. She sends a letter to her mother asking for financial assistance. The letter is seen by her father, who decides to take Carry away from Charles. Carry agrees and, soon after, Charles dies. Unable to forgive herself for abandoning her husband, Carry decides to devote herself to the cause of Prohibition.
Reviews: The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 7-1-90; The New York Times, Theodore Strongin, 4-30-6
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl (picc), 2 ob (Eng hrn), 2 cl, 2 bsn - 3 hrns, 2 tpt, 3 tbn - timp, perc, pf, hp - str
Musical Style: Lyrical; tonal; melodic patterns reminiscent of American folk songs and hymns
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